Extending Power to Fixtures With Metal Raceway

   
Extending Power With Metal Raceway
 
 
Electrical raceway, often called surface-mounted wiring, is a track of metal tubing that carries wiring across a wall surface, allowing you to use an existing electrical receptacle to power a new ceiling fan. When you use raceway to add a new fixture to a circuit, you don’t have to cut into your walls.
 
Wiremold’s heavy-duty, metal-component raceway system is an excellent solution for adding wiring for additional outlets, light fixtures or ceiling fans in a garage, workshop or basement. Your project can be made easier by using our Project Planner to map out your project. After installation, the raceway can be painted with latex paint to match your décor.
 
This project guide will walk you step by step through a metallic raceway wiring installation for mounting a ceiling fan.
 

Preparation

 

• Mark the location of the fan. Measure from that point to the nearest receptacle. Purchase enough 
  raceway and wire to span the distance, plus 10–15% extra.
• Purchase the correct mounting accessories for your project.
• Consult an electrician or the instructions included with your ceiling fan for the proper wiring 
  configuration for your fixture.

 

Safety

 

• Turn off the power to your starter outlet at the circuit breaker. Double check that the power is off at the 
   outlet using a voltage tester.
• Raceway is designed for indoor applications in dry areas and must be properly grounded.
• The circuit you pull power from must have the capacity to handle the added load. Figure 10 outlets or
   lights per 15- or 20-amp circuit.
• Always use the same gauge THHN wire as that in your walls.

 

Savings

 

• Save money by doing this project yourself rather than hiring an electrician or running wiring behind 
  your walls.


WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS JOB:

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Step 1: Turn off the Electricity

Step 1: Turn off the Electricity  Turn off the power to your starter outlet at the circuit panel.   
  

Step 2: Lay Out the Project Path 

Step 2: Lay Out the Project Path  1.  Using a stud finder, locate and make a mark along the ceiling joist and wall stud
      where you will attach your ceiling fan and wall switch.
 
 2.  Using a level and chalk line, snap a straight line from the starter outlet up the wall
      through the switch location. Continue the chalk line to the ceiling and across to
      the ceiling fan.  
 
 3.  Mark with a pencil along the chalk lines every 2.5 ft.  
 
 4.  Use screws to attach the raceway support clips at the marks. If you can’t attach
      the clips to studs, use hollow wall anchors.
  

Step 3: Install the Starter Box Base 

Step 3: Install the Starter Box Base  1.  Confirm the power is off by testing the outlet with a voltage tester.
 
 2.  Remove the faceplate and mounting screws from the existing starter receptacle.
 
 3.  Pull the existing receptacle and wires through the opening in the back of the base
      plate.  
 
 4.  Screw the base plate to the existing box.  
 
 5.  Install a number 10 ground screw in the dimple on the starter box base.
 
 6.  Use pliers to break out the starter box knockouts.
 
 7.  Make sure the knockout matches the raceway profile used in your project.
  

Step 4: Position the Switch Box 

Step 4: Position the Switch Box  1.  Mark the top and bottom of the box along the chalk line drawn in Step Two.
      Typically, the top of the switch box is 48 in. off the floor.
 
 2.  Using the switch box base, mark and drill the screw holes.
 
 3.  Use wall anchors if you are not mounting the box into a stud.
 
 4.  Do not mount the switch box base at this time.
 
 5.  Measure from the bottom of the switch box to the top of the starter box.
 
 6.  Add 3/8 in. to each end to get the right length of raceway in order to slide over
      the tongue at each box or fitting. 
  

Step 5: Cut the Raceway 

Step 5: Cut the Raceway  1.  Cut the raceway to length.  
 
 2.  Smooth the cut edges with a file.  
 
 3.  Insert bushings into each end.  
 
  

Step 6: Install the Raceway 

Step 6: Install the Raceway  1.  Slide the raceway over the starter box tongue.
 
 2.  Slide the base of the switch box onto the other end of the raceway.
 
 3.  Use a mallet to tap the raceway into the support clips.
 
 4.  Screw the switch box base into the wall.
 
 5.  Position the elbow at the wall-ceiling joint.
 
 6.  Make a mark along the chalk line on either end of the elbow.
 
 7.  Measure from the top of the switch box to the end of the elbow.
 
 8.  Add 3/8 in. to each end to get the right length of raceway in order to slide over
      the tongue at each box or fitting.
 
 9.  Cut the raceway to length, smooth the cut edges with a file and insert bushings
      into the raceway, as in Step Five.  
  

Step 7: Install the Next Run of Raceway 

Step 7: Install the Next Run of Raceway  1.  Slide the elbow onto the cut raceway.  
 
 2.  Slide the opposite end over the tongue on the switch box base.  
 
 3.  Use a mallet to tap the raceway into the clips.
 
 4.  Fasten the elbow base to the wall and ceiling at the inside corner.
 
 5.  Hold the fan box in position and mark its location along the chalk line.
 
 6.  Measure the length between the fan box and the mark at the elbow.
 
 7.  Cut the raceway to length, plus 3/8 in. on each end, smooth the cut edges with a
      file and insert bushings into the raceway, as in Step Five.
 
 8.  Slide the raceway over the elbow tongue. 
 
 9.  Tap the raceway into the clips.  
  

Step 8: Mount the Ceiling Fan Box 

Step 8: Mount the Ceiling Fan Box  1.  Insert the two long metal screws into the ceiling fan box base.  
 
 2.  Install the hexagonal standoffs and fully tighten them.
 
 3.  Slide the fan box base onto the raceway tongue.  
 
 4.  Screw the fan box base to the ceiling joist.  
  

Step 9: Connect the Wires 

Step 9: Connect the Wires  1.  Starting at the ceiling elbow, push the wires through the raceway to each end.
      Leave 12 in. of wire visible at each end.
 
 2.  Attach the elbow cap.  
 
 3.  Ground the entire system by first removing the existing green ground wire from
      the screw on the original receptacle.
 
 4.  Cut two new 6 in. pieces of green ground wire and strip ¾ in. from each end.
      Using a wire nut, join one end of each new green wire to the end of the old
      ground wire and the bare copper wire that runs to the switch. This
      configuration is called a pigtail.  
 
 5.  Connect one green wire on the other end of the pigtail to the ground screw on the
      receptacle and one to the ground screw on the starter box base.
 
 6.  Attach the new black and white wires onto the screw terminals next to the old
      black and white wires, white next to white and black next to black.
 
 7.  Secure the box covers to their bases and the faceplates to the box covers.
 
 8.  You are now ready to mount your ceiling fan to the Wiremold ceiling fan base.
 
 9.  Do not turn the power back on to the ceiling fan base until you have installed your
      ceiling fan.